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Cornerstone Celebrates Colleague’s 25th Anniversaries

30 Aug 2018

                Afternoon Tea in Recognition Held at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen

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Aberdeen – August 30th 2018 - Cornerstone, one of Scotland’s largest charities and leading provider of services for people with disabilities and other support needs, is extremely pleased and proud to have recently celebrated an afternoon of recognition with six of its colleagues who have reached their 25th anniversary with the organisation.  Edel Harris, chief executive since 2008, and who only just recently celebrated her own 10th anniversary, hosted the event on Monday 27th August 2018 at The Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.

“I’ve met some amazing people in my time here at Cornerstone”, said Edel Harris, Cornerstone chief executive. “Speaking to my colleagues today who have reached this impressive mile stone has made me feel extremely proud to head up an organisation that employs such amazing and dedicated people. There were many great stories to be heard from their collective 225 years’ experience.”

Our six proud colleagues who celebrated this impressive landmark in their career, enjoyed a lovely afternoon, where they all received a certificate of recognition for their dedication to Cornerstone along with a gift presented by Cornerstone Patron Dame Anne Begg. Cornerstone Chairman, Malcolm Laing was also in attendance along with the family and friends of the people celebrating on this special occasion.

“I started with Cornerstone as the equivalent of a support worker in today’s set up”, said Elaine Duffy, coach. “Over the years I have been a team leader, service manager and an operational manager before my current role as a coach. It certainly doesn’t feel like 25 years, which is down to all the different roles and opportunities I’ve had.  I have worked with some great people in this time, both with colleagues and the people we support, and I look forward to continuing my career with Cornerstone”.

There were many more great stories shared during the afternoon.  Patricia Ferguson, known to her colleagues as Tricia reminisced over the past 25 years on how, since moving back from overseas all those years ago had been so thrilled to see how people she had previously nursed in what were known as the ‘mental hospitals’  were then able to move out and live in group homes. She started working with Cornerstone part-time at Garthdee in Aberdeen.  “I can say with hand on heart I’ve worked with amazing colleagues and have seen many people fulfil wonderful dreams” said Patricia, who is now a support worker at Back Hilton in Aberdeen. “One of the people we support Mathew  is going up on the ferry to Lerwick for his holidays and coming back on the plane and I can’t wait to see him when he gets back to tell me all about this visit  - doing everything for first time - flying  and going on the ferry overnight.”

Cornerstone was founded in 1980 by Nick Baxter, and now supports people across all of Scotland. Having so many colleagues celebrate 25 years’ service is testament to their dedication to the organisation, and a timescale we often don’t see people make in their places of work in modern day Britain. Cornerstone would therefore like to formally thank the eight colleagues listed below (two were unable to attend the afternoon tea) who celebrated this recent anniversary. Our anniversary colleagues are: Patricia Ferguson, Elaine Duffy, Lorraine Beange, Christine Petrie, Frances Whyte, Anna Flett, Gwenda Cowling and Jacqueline Raeburn. Thanks to you all!

About Cornerstone

Cornerstone provides care and support for adults, young people and children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs across Scotland.

Since 1980, Cornerstone has grown to support more than 2,700 people each year, delivering services within 19 local authority areas across Scotland. More information on Cornerstone can be found by visiting www.cornerstone.org.uk

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